There is a lot of debate about whether you should give money to homeless people.
Some argue it is better to give that money to an organisation committed to helping homeless people. A common argument against giving homeless people money is: ‘they’ll just spend it on drugs or alcohol’.
But who’s to say what a homeless person will spend their money on? And it can be quite difficult and cold to simply turn a blind eye to those in need.
Do you turn your music up? Keep reading your book? Look away? Or politely say no?
There are plenty of ways you can help that don’t involve giving someone money, but that can still have a positive impact.
Here are a few suggestions, but it’s up to you to do whatever you feel comfortable doing.
Here are some ways you can help:
Buy someone food
Is there someone begging outside a supermarket? Buy them a sandwich or a non alcoholic drink instead of giving them money.
Carry some small items of food with you
If you regularly pass someone begging for money, you could buy some food in advance and give it to them when you see them. Fruit and cereal bars are just a couple of ideas.
Give them a Next Meal card
The whole purpose of Next Meal is to help homeless people in a huge way, that can improve their lives much more than a few coins ever could.
If you don’t feel comfortable just giving them a card, you could give them a card along with some food, or some money, if you wish.
Donate to a homeless charity
Put your spare change aside and once you have hit a certain goal, donate that to a homeless charity of your choice. Or simply sign up for monthly payments, or make a one off payment.
There are thousands of organisations across the UK that can use volunteers; soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and more. You can use NextMeal.com to find your nearest group.
How to get Next Meal cards:
- Go to Next Meal.co.uk and find your nearest soup kitchen.
- Contact them and ask how you can help, or if you can pick up Next Meal cards.
- Even just one card could make a huge difference to someone’s life.